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Current Volunteer Opportunities
Can I volunteer for more than one role? Unfortunately the answer is no. Please apply only to ONE role that you are most interested and experienced.

Not Directly Working With Animals

Previous animal experience not required. For all roles, volunteering must be done on-site at the shelter. Training for these roles is generally offered on-demand as needed.

Category Tasks Availability
Licensing Admin Opening mail, stuffing envelopes, filing, data entry and territory lookup assignments. More   (position currently full) CLOSED
Vet Clinic Admin Main tasks include instrument cleaning and preparation, cleaning, restocking and computer data entry. OPEN
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Working With Animals

Special Requirements:
  • Previous animal experience required. 
  • You must already be confident, comfortable and capable of independently interacting with animals properly and safely. 
  • You must have a strong understanding of animal body language. 
  • You must be able to bend, crouch and kneel to ensure safe access to kennel entrances. 

Applicants should expect 4-10 hours of training total. This involves instruction shelter procedures and how to work with our adoptable animals. Applicants must pass written and practical exams. Training for dog and cat volunteer roles are generally offered monthly. Training for the vet clinic assistant role is generally offered on-demand as needed.

Category Training Information & Role Description Availability
Dog Pre-Test: There is no online pre-test requirement for the dog class, but you must apply before attending.

Role Description: Walk and exercise adoption dogs. Provide basic training to increase adoptability. More
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Cat Pre-Test: You must view online videos and take an online test before you can stay for the class. You must apply before attending.

Role Description: Socialize and exercise adoptable cats. Provide human interaction and affection. More

*** If you're interested in other ways to help consider temporarily fostering a kitten for the shelter  

 You also may want to consider helping our shelter partner

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Vet Clinic Assistant Animal experience required. Main tasks include assisting with anesthesia, prep, and recovery of surgery patients. Also includes instrument cleaning and preparation, cleaning and restocking, and computer data entry. Volunteers are required to attend their assigned their 4-hour weekday shift. After your application is submitted,  you will be contacted when openings are available. OPEN
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